A couple has reunited and finally tied the knot after a decades-long separation.
Jennifer Meyerink, 72, and Steven Walbert, 73, met in Trinidad and Tobago in 1965. Walbert was stationed there, as was Meyerink’s brother. According to the Democrat & Chronicle, neither ever forgot the time they spent together there, and the feelings they had for each other.
The two eventually moved away and started separate lives, Meyerink in Ontario, Canada and Walbert in Wisconsin, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
In 2015, they reconnected thanks to Meyerink’s sister, who tracked Walbert down on Facebook after Meyrink’s husband passed away. They started a correspondence and by March 2016, Walbert moved to Canada, according to the Associated Press.
“I never stopped loving him. I realized that,” said Meyrink.
In October, Walbert was diagnosed with leukemia. He sought treatment in New York, near where his son lived. As the family decided whether to continue treatment or move Walbert to hospice care, Walbert and his sweetheart tied the knot in the Rochester hospital room.
“I haven’t given up hope on myself yet,” said Walbert. “I never will. But I have her back. And that gives me all the strength I need to get through the rest of my life.”